Friday, February 25, 2022

Veja Campo vs. Esplar Review

Veja Campo vs. Esplar

Veja Campo vs. Esplar

Veja Campo vs. Esplar

Veja Campo vs. Esplar

Veja Campo vs. Esplar
Campo (also available here)// Esplar

This was originally posted on January 3, 2020. I am updating this post on February 25, 2022. My update will live at the bottom of this post! 

A few weeks ago, I shared on instastories that I was debating between two pairs of sneakers: the Veja Campo and Esplar. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the brand, Veja is a French brand and it became super popular when Meghan Markle was spotted wearing the brand many years ago. 

There are many different styles of sneakers from the brand, but the two I was most interested in were the Campo and Esplar in specifically these trims (tons of color options, though!). I haven't shared where or what we are doing for our honeymoon yet (I will after our wedding!) but we will be gone for approximately 18 days and quite a bit of exploring will be involved. I wanted to get a pair of chic neutral sneakers that I could bring with me as well as travel in. I do have several pairs of 'fashion' sneakers, but I just loved the crisp, neutral look of these two pairs. We still have a while until our honeymoon, but I wanted to get them and be able to fully break them in before then! 

Online, I really couldn't tell the difference between the two styles. They looked SO similar. So I ended up ordering both pairs. I couldn't find a single post anywhere on the internet comparing the two styles, so this post is for anyone who was wondering!

As soon as I took the pairs out of the box, in person, there is a very clear difference in the styles...

- 'Daintier' 
- Looks a lot like my Adidas Stan Smith (in terms of shape) 
- Simpler in design/ more streamlined (less rubber for the sole)
- Less shoe- you can see around the ankle that it has more open space 
- Smooth leather 

- More shoe- bulky but I don't mean that in a negative way
- Pebbled texture (I think it makes them look nicer/higher quality)
- More support for your foot and more comfortable
- The word 'Veja' is on the outer side of this sneaker. The Esplar pair does not have this. 

The colors are obviously different. I actually ended up preferring the Campo in pretty much every way. First and foremost, right out of the box, they were really comfortable... a little stiff, but you can tell that once they're broken in, they will be amazing. The Esplar offered absolutely no support and definitely didn't seem like a shoe you'd wear when doing a lot of walking. The Esplar was even stiffer than the Campo. I also preferred the Campo's textured look rather than the streamline because it made them look nicer. All around, the Veja just felt more substantial and nicer/higher quality! 

Another reason I did not end up with the Esplar's is that they look SO much like my Stan Smith sneakers that I already own. Which I love, but don't need another pair that look so similar! The reason I am not taking my Stan Smith's on our honeymoon is that the green doesn't always match with everything and I want to pack as few pairs of sneakers as possible! I'll also likely pack my Tretorns which are another neutral, comfortable, and classic sneaker, and my actual workout sneakers because I might want to workout- 18 days is a long time!! 

As you can see, I ended up keeping the Campo style and returning the Esplar! Meghan Markle actually wore the V-10 style but I felt like they looked a little too 'bulky' and a little more trendy than I typically like!

Update February 25, 2022

How is the sizing?
I usually wear a size 39 in European brands like Gucci and I got a 39 in both pairs and found that they are perfect. 

How Do You Style Them?
I wear them mostly very casually with jeans in the spring and fall. They do look cute with dresses and shorts, too, though! See some updated photos above to see how I have worn them! I don't really think they look great with athletic/workout clothing. I find them to be stylish/fashion-forward and not athletic looking at all. 

Are they comfortable?
I can only speak to the Campo style since I ended up returning the Esplar! I find them to be very comfortable. They have a good amount of support. I have a high arch and so after about a year and a half, I ended up replacing the insoles that came with the sneakers with this insole. They are just better for my high arch and fit perfectly right inside of the Campos! I am able to walk 10,000 plus steps in these easily! 

Where can I find them?
You can find the Campo at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Net A Porter, Shopbop, and more!


Bree said...

Love these sneakers!
Do you still wear your Converse Jack Purcell sneakers?

Bree said...

Love these sneakers!
Do you still wear your Converse Jack Purcell's?

KK said...

what size in the Campo did you get...Im normal a 6/36 but the Veja website says a 6 is a 37...s now I'm confused!!!

Carol said...

I'm so late to this post but I just wanted to say thank you for doing this comparison! I couldn't figure out which style I wanted and you're the only person I could find who gave a review and comparison. So helpful!!

Anonymous said...

I’m also a 6/36, order it at neiman marcus as 6/36 but when I got it the shoe was marked as 5/36 so I exchanged it to a 37 which was a 6/ yes, if you are a 6 order a 37.

Anonymous said...

Hi! This post is so helpful! I am a “ FR 36 And 1/3” / “Uk 4” / “US 4 and 1/2” on a stan smith... what size should i get on veja campo? Whats your size of veja campo and stan smith? Thank you so much

Anonymous said...

I've been looking at buying either the Campo or Esplar and couldn't find anything about the difference online. Thank you so much for this blogpost, it's made my choice a lot easier!

Susan said...

Thanks so much for this post, so helpful! I was debating between the same sneakers and decided on the Campo, too. They just arrived from Net-A-Porter. The tongue feels very stiff and jabs into the front of my foot, did you find this to be the case with yours? Hopefully, they soften up fast!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU FOR THIS COMPARISON!!! I thought I was going crazy because I could not tell any major differences between the two online... Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Amazing help! Thank you for this as i too was wondering between the two which one i would prefer. :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your informative review!! I am going to buy the campo style

Jessica said...

Thank you so much for doing this review! Extremely helpful!! I have been wondering the same thing for a while.

Claire316 said...

Thanks so much for the comparison! Did you have an issue with the tongue, and does it break in? Out of the box, its very stiff and cuts into my ankle? I think the shoes are so cute, I want them to work.

Anna said...

Thanks for review. Just helped me decide which one to get

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for this review, I’ve been wondering the difference myself so this was super helpful :)

Anonymous said...

I love these shoes, but not because Meghan Markle wore them. I noticed French women have been wearing them for quite a while now, and that is where I know them from. I did find them a tad on the small side , typical of French sizing. I do wish they came in half sizes but had to go with a 39 (9) rather then the 38 (8) because my toe was right up against the shoe. I prefer the leather because then my feet won’t sweat so bad.

Cate said...

Thankyou so much for doing a comparison on these 2 styles! I was pondering between the 2 styles and your blog popped up. Youve helped me decide. Thanks so much 🙏😁

Charlene Young said...

I’ve been eyeing on these two pairs of shoes for a long time and finally wanted to get one pair before a trip!
Thank you so so much for the review cause it helps a lot!!!

Riley said...

Ahh thank you so much for this!!! Seriously this is super helpful. I was hardcore debating between these two styles as well and I really appreciated finding this post. A blessing!

Nessa said...

Great comparison. Always like getting new sneakers for the spring/summer.
Thank you!

Maitland Frilot said...

Was it easy to switch out the insoles? I have a pair of leather tretorns and the insoles were glued in so you couldn't change them out without potentially ruining the shoes. Being able to change them easily would be a game-changer!

Shiks said...

Is this UK size 6 that is equivalent to 37? I was going to get 39 for a size 6...super confused...

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for this review, really helped in making the decision, hugs from Portugal

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for your review. Couldn’t find comparison between two styles anywhere.
I ordered Esplar but found out there is a very little support. Thanks to your review I will try Campo:)


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